Date Archives for February 2017
Born In Caribbean, Educated In Boston, Startup In Nairobi: All Roads Led To Africa’s Mobile RevolutionBy Dana Sanchez, 9:15 pm
In the MIT lab, Kenfield Griffith thought he was going to solve the world’s problems. Then he arrived in Kenya and stood in Nairobi’s Kibera slum. “I looked around and said to myself that even if I was Bill Gates, I wouldn’t know what to do,” he said. Griffith put his faith in mobile phones, and prevailed. In 2016, his Nairobi startup, mSurvey, closed its seed funding round led by investments from Safaricom, Silicon Valley’s Cross Culture Ventures, and a Caribbean angels group backed by Richard Branson.
Dana Sanchez, 11:51 am
One of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, U.S.-based Boeing ranked No. 2 among defense contractor in the world in 2016. Boeing Defense does business with countries across Africa in security including surveillance drones. “The aerospace industry needs to start paying closer attention to Africa, because this continent is clearly on the move economically and all the trends are pointing in the right direction for the expansion of the sector,” a Boeing stakeholder said. Boeing hopes its two new African offices will be positioned to meet an anticipated demand of 1,150 new aircraft in Africa by 2035.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:31 am
Allister Coetzee has been confirmed as Springbok coach despite a terrible 2016 season which prompted fans and rugby stakeholders in South Africa alike to call for him to be removed from the post. The Springboks have always been a force in world rugby, but last year saw the team struggle to replicate their usual good form against top sides. Coetzee survived a review to keep his job as coach of the side despite a terrible first season in charge in which the Springboks experienced a number of embarrassing losses while looking out of sorts at times.
Becca Blond, 1:01 am
South Africa has dozens of subterranean treasures. Some of these caves are portals to ancient human life. Visitors can glimpse the inner workings of Earth where the sun don’t shine. Blombos Cave is a coastal archaeological site east of Cape Town famous for 75,000-year-old beads that were found there. They were decorated with abstract designs, making them some of the earliest evidence of human artwork. Excavation of Middle Stone Age sites in Southern Africa resulted in a paradigm shift in understanding the development of modern human behavior.
Staff, 12:14 pm
A New York pizza chain is taking extreme measures to keep its pizzas authentic when it opens a pizza parlor in Accra, Ghana — its first in Africa. “I want to have the exact same pizza as in New York City,” said Dan Isaacs, co-owner of the new franchise shop scheduled to open on May 1. “New York City water has a very unique chemical composition and taste to it. I’m a purist — I wouldn’t want to do anything less than the original.” Famous Famiglia has 16 shops in NYC and more than 100 across the U.S. and overseas. It exports NYC water to other overseas shops in Mexico, Canada, China and Ecuador.
Dana Sanchez, 11:11 am
Facebook wants to connect everyone in the world with its social network, but that’s hard to do if the world doesn’t have internet access. Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are building their own networking infrastructure on land and across the seas rather than just leasing bandwidth connections operated by telecoms. In doing so they’re assuming a role traditionally played by telecom companies. Facebook has announced plans to lay nearly 500 miles of fiber cable in Uganda by the end of the year, infrastructure it believes will provide internet access for more than 3 million people.
Dana Sanchez, 9:08 am
The allegation that Nigerians are taking up jobs that could otherwise go to black South Africans is false. Nigerians employ local people in their small businesses. The claim that Nigerians are destroying the moral fabric of the South Africa through drug peddling and prostitution is not entirely true. Yes, some Nigerians may be in the business but their number is negligible. They are however loud and showy, which could trigger envy. Most Nigerians in SA are legitimate — academics, professionals, artisans and other needed service providers. When Nigeria helped SA in its liberation struggles, “we were called brothers. Now, we are expendable strangers.”
Becca Blond, 8:05 am
The true history of glamping is up for grabs. In the early 1900s, wealthy American and European travelers demanded luxuries while on safari in Africa. They wanted wild outdoors adventures, but their canvas safari tents usually included beds and a chef to prepare meals. When did this movement become glamping? According to Google Trends, the keyword first started being searched on Google in early 2007. With apologies to the buzzword-averse, here are some tried-and-true travel buzzwords — and some new ones — that apply to travel in Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:29 am
German Bundesliga club Schalke have moved to make a loan deal for Algerian international Nabil Bentaleb permanent, with the talented youngster set to complete the switch from Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League. The 21-year-old had been a regular for the north London club for two years since the end of 2013, making 66 appearances for Spurs over the course of three seasons, but only five of those came in 2015-16, prompting him to look elsewhere for playing time.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:20 am AFKI Original
Africa loves soccer, and the popularity of the sport has inevitably attracted soccer sponsors that provide funds in the form of sponsorship deals to be associated with the various competitions taking place around the continent. These global and local brands are important to the development of the sport, ensuring that the most popular brands on the continent are associated with the regional and continental competitions that command the most attention and support from fans. We take a look at 12 soccer sponsors that are involved in sponsorship of the beautiful game on the African continent.
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